My baby’s first food session

Our baby boy is 5 months old already and this week we were invited to attend a baby’s first food session. It was a great experience and because before going there I felt quite lost about the whole thing I thought I would share with you bits of the information that they gave to us. Hope it gives you a rough idea of what to expect, but please, if you have the chance to go to one, don’t miss it out!

Our little J was born in Barcelona and things there work a bit different in many aspects of the health system. So there you have a pediatrician assigned to you that you visit regularly and he or she gives you the outlines that you’re recommended to follow. For example, in terms of weaning your baby they will share with you a list with the do’s and don’ts, which usually is very strict and regulated. I can’t remember everything now cause it’s been almost 4 years since then but let’s say you couldn’t give your child cereal with gluten if they hadn’t tried gluten free first. You weren’t allowed to give some fruits until a specific age and things like that.

But hey! we’re in the UK now and we’re excited to try a new method with our baby E! That is part of our experience of living abroad, cause if you stick to the same habits you might lose other things. Here it is quite simple and relax. Basically once your baby turns 6 months and shows the 3 signs that I will tell you in a minute, she will be ready to start trying EVERYTHING. Yep! Of course there are a few guidelines but in summary your baby can try everything that you eat in very small portions. The trick relies on the HOW.

So first, the 3 signs that tell you that your baby is ready to start eating solid food:

baby first solid foods

There are a few foods to avoid:

baby first solid foods to avoid

And here the important bit, the HOW, if you don’t want to go through two transitions, (milk – puree/ puree – solid) and go straight into solid there is a safe way to do it: finger food.

According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust:

  • Round food is not our friend. Cut them in quarters ideally.
  • Think long and thin. Anything smaller than a two pence piece can get stuck.
  • Save the hard stuff for later.
  • Take it easy tiger. Remind them to sit still and chew before putting in more.
baby finger food

These were shared at the session 🙂 [parsnip, carrots, pear, broccoli and banana]

Finally, let me share with you a meal planner that was given to us that might give you a few ideas of what to try. Oh! before I forget, no bottle water or tap water until they grow a bit more (9 months approximately) It is recommended to give them boil water after cooling it down, obviously. And you can extend your breast milk or formula milk for as long as you feel. I breastfed J until she turned 2, and I’m planning to do the same thing with E. She had barely no sicknesses and grew nice and healthy. 🙂

(*The number you see under the day is the amount of salt for the day)

baby first foods meal planner baby first foods meal planner

We think our baby E is not ready yet so we will probably wait a few more weeks to start but you can see here how he’s already enjoying trying a piece of pear for the very first time in his life!

baby first food

That’s our experience about starting our baby with solid foods. We are all really excited for this new stage but we need to remember that the main nutrition source will continue to be the breast milk, in our case, and it’s not a matter of “eating” it’s a matter of exploring new textures and enjoying himself with food and new flavours.

Are you in that stage already? Any fears or concerns? Share it with us. We can all help each other out! 🙂

 

6 Comments

  1. Friday July 8th, 2016 / 10:33 PM

    What a really brilliant and helpful.post. this os great for all the new mums out there 🙂

    • elituesbay
      Friday July 8th, 2016 / 11:08 PM

      Thank you Nikki! That’s what I hoped for 🙂

  2. Monday July 11th, 2016 / 08:50 AM

    Not kids yet on my end but it seems each country had different guidelines on when to introduce foods and how. Great post

    • elituesbay
      Monday July 11th, 2016 / 08:39 PM

      Thank you Anosa. You’re right. I guess it’s a matter of test and error 🙂 xx

  3. Tuesday July 12th, 2016 / 06:13 AM

    This is such an awesome post – will be keeping this open for a bit as we contemplate solids as well. Here in Australia, my paed recommended to start as soon as the baby turns 4 months old so they can have early exposure to foods and reduce the likelihood of allergies. But I don’t think Jared is ready – as you mentioned, there are those key readiness signs and I don’t think Jared has those yet. I’ve tried to offer him a spoonful here and there but he doesn’t swallow and ends up spitting it up. He’s only 4 and a half months anyway so I will leave it off for a while! Would love to hear about how you go!

    • elituesbay
      Tuesday July 12th, 2016 / 07:57 PM

      Thanks Lianne! It’s interesting cause every country seem to have their own guidelines.. Good that us, mums, always know best 🙂 we will try it when baby seems more ready as well.. I will probably post the pics of all the mess! Lol xx

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